Are you slacking in work due to lack of sleep?

Are you slacking in work due to lack of sleep?

Late nights and lack of sleep do productivity no favours, new research from AXA PPP healthcare has revealed – providing a timely reminder to employers to take positive steps now to ensure they’re not caught short by the upcoming summer of sport.

In a poll of 2000 employees, over half admitted they’d turned up for work feeling tired on at least one occasion in the past three months, with 52 per cent of the sleepyheads agreeing it had adversely affected their performance.

For workers in this predicament 40% said they ‘coasted’ through the day, only finishing easy takes, whilst 18% said they only managed to do ‘bits and pieces’, whilst 6% barely did anything.

The remainder felt they got most of their work done but not as productively as normal.

The main reason they gave for turning up tired was they’d been unable to switch off and get to sleep the night before, with a smaller proportion saying they’d been distracted by noise.

18-to-24-year-olds came top for burning the candle at both ends, with over three quarters (77 per cent) saying they’d come into work tired on at least one occasion in the past three months, compared with just one third of those aged 55+.

Dr Steve Iley, AXA PPP healthcare’s occupational health director, comments: “Nobody wants to be a spoil sport but there’s no doubting that late nights and lack of sleep will adversely affect performance. So, with the prospect of some late nights in store for followers of the sports event in Brazil, employers should remind their staff of their attendance policies before it all kicks off. Of course employees will struggle to give 100 per cent when they’re ill but otherwise they owe it to their employers to turn up for work in good enough shape to put in a decent shift.

“Rather than fret about the possible downsides of the upcoming tournament, employers can take positive steps to avoid them by positively engaging with it – for instance, where practicable, adopting a flexible approach to enable fans to follow key events or arranging to screen key fixtures at work. And, to avoid resentment, don’t forget to be fair and apply the same approach to everyone in your organisation – not just the sports fans.”

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